A coalition of international labour organisations, Greenpeace and the internet's most senior figures has formed to warn of the threat to global internet freedom from the International Telecommunications Union, ahead of a crucial meeting in Dubai in December.

As Crikey reported in June, some hysteria has attended the prospect of the ITU revising the now-ancient International Telecommunications Regulations. But there are real concerns that the secretive ITU will reflect the agenda of both failing European telco companies, and dictatorships and kleptocracies like China and Russia eager to break the current model of internet control, via US-based non-profit organisations, most particularly ICAAN.